Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

By Pastor Teresa Tay 

I have been spiritually challenged for the past months by this statement – 

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done

One day I was introduced to a lady by a friend of mine. What disturbed me was the way I was introduced by my friend. She said, ‘This is my good friend Teresa. She is a prophet.’ The lady said, ‘Excellent, she can pray for us.’ I was utterly shocked with such an introduction. Fear, feelings of inadequacy entered my mind and I felt sick in the stomach.

your_kingdom-01The next morning I woke up with a song in my heart on ‘Our Lord’s Prayer’.

The line ‘Your Kingdom come Your will be done stayed in my mind for some time and I sensed God was saying something important to me; I taught this prayer so my disciples will know the Fatherhood of God. I taught them to pray first about the thing that concerns the Father’ heart so they will act with my Kingdom mentality’.

There is only one Way

He carried on to speak to me from Matthew 26, where Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Matt 26: 38 | – My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death….

v39 | – … He fell on His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.

v42 | – a second time Jesus prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’

v44 | – once more He prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Jesus must be asking the Father, “Is there any other way to bring redemption Father?”. But there is no other way because He is the way.

The Lord said to me,

When I prayed your will be done, my mind was focused on my Father’s plan, to save and redeem all man. At such a time of agony, I was thinking of my Father’s love. It was that love that helped me to stay committed to my Father’s plan. The thought of victory that would follow after my death gave me the strength to endure the pain.

He said,

Notice I said ‘Our Father’, not ‘My Father’. I expect my people to have a sense of community in their prayer. I was teaching my disciples not to think of themselves only but think about the well-being of others both in prayer and in the things they do.

As I pondered on this, I think of what the Lord said in:

Mat 22:37-40 | Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments

We are saved us so that we would know the Father’s love. I believe God’ desire is that He will be the lover of our souls. Everything we do and say has to be birthed out of that divine love in our heart and that can only come out of an intimate relationship with Him. If we know Him and His love deeply, we will know His heart for others. The deeper we experience His love, the more His love will be imparted in us for others because the very nature of God is LOVE.

Your Kingdom Come

The Lord asked me, ‘What does your kingdom come your will be done mean?’ I said, ‘It means letting go of my own desires, my ideas and my plans. It means knowing and embracing your heart’s desire and acting in obedience to carry out your desire and your will.’ He said to me, ‘Do it then. Am I not sending you?’.

A huge sense of responsibility came upon me, I felt if I would not pray for that lady due to fear, then I really cannot sincerely pray ‘Our Father, let your Kingdom come let your will be done’. I felt convicted that day to pray His kingdom come; His will be done means to be obedient when God requires me to do anything that is on His heart, for anyone and at any time.

I came to the conclusion that if I pray Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, I have to cooperate with our God.  It means stepping out of my own limitations and understanding, avail myself to be a vessel God can use. The ability to do the job will follow the step of obedience I take.

Kingdom of God is within you

Jesus said to His disciples :

Luke 17:21 | – “…the Kingdom of God is within you

The word kingdom speaks of “the domain of a king.” It also carries the meaning of “a realm or region where there is rulership by something or someone.”

So, the kingdom of God, or the domain of God, exists inside every  believer: the reign of God is within us.

To pray Our Father, let Your kingdom come Your will be done, we have to see ourselves as partners of Christ doing His will and His purposes. How is God going to do His will unless His people align themselves to His will? As far as the kingdom is concerned, it has to begin with us. The Lord’s prayer is a prayer for the church to be His Kingdom builders.

Application Time

I have been so challenged by it that ever since and often enough I prayed this simple prayer,

Lord let your kingdom come let your will be done here.

As a result many miracles happened. God’s Kingdom is indeed about bringing salvation, healing, and deliverance for all. It is about transforming life.

I am convinced that the time has come for the Lord to release the mantle for signs and wonders on His people not just only in church services but also in the workplaces, at homes, in the hospitals, at shopping centers and on the streets. With the anointing comes responsibility. God is looking for vessels He can trust, He can use. We are a channel of God’s presence in the world; we are called to be Kingdom builders in this world.

This calls for a lifestyle of deep intimacy with Him. As we walk in deep intimacy with the Lord we carry heavenly atmosphere wherever we go.

May your life be completely surrendered to Christ even dying to self as if you are offering a daily living sacrifice – the very essence of the Lord’s Prayer.

Where Are You, Adam?

By Pastor Teresa Tay

1)Painting by Giovanni circa 1480 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve enjoyed the closest communion any created being can expect with the Creator. In spite of this they fell into sin and separated themselves from the Holy God.

Nevertheless, God reached out to Adam just like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son when He called out, ‘Adam, where are you?’

From the moment Adam disobeyed a veil came between God and man. No more would there be the walk and talk in the Garden between God and man. At least not till the coming of God’s Son, Jesus, in the form of a man just like Adam, to restore all that was lost ever since Adam sinned.

Jesus Christ atoned for the sin of mankind by offering Himself as the perfect and acceptable sacrifice.

The veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple had now been removed restoring the fellowship between God and man.

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Everything that had been lost since Adam had now being reclaimed through Jesus Christ.

When God asked ‘Adam, where are you?’

Adam was hiding because He was afraid.

Thank God for what Jesus had done on the cross we now do not have to hide from God.

We can boldly come before His throne of grace,2)Genesis 3:22-24  confident of His unfailing love, confident that there is nothing to be ashamed off and confident that His grace is indeed sufficient for us.

Through Jesus Christ we can now gain access to the tree of life3)Hebrews 4:16  whose fruit gives immortality.

“The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit (1 Cor 15:45).

References

↑ 1. Painting by Giovanni circa 1480
↑ 2. Genesis 3:22-24
↑ 3. Hebrews 4:16

Cave of Self-Pity to Pentecost Power

By Pastor Teresa Tay 

selfpity-bg-01There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah? (1 Ki 19:9)

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 
(Act 2:1-4)

Many years ago I went through a time of burnout. For months I would attend church but soon as the service ended I made a beeline to the exit just happy to mind my own business.

One day I heard the Lord asking me the question, ‘Teresa, where are you?’

It did not cross my mind then to what was said so I responded, ‘What do you mean by that, Lord?’ I heard him said, ‘I have created you for a good purpose but yet you have hidden yourself in your own cave of self-pity.

I like you to come out of it and be the person I called you to be’. Then I said, ‘Lord I have been there and have done that and at the end of it all I was burnout, what more can I do?

Then the Holy Spirit led me to the period between of the time of Jesus’ death and onto the Day of Pentecost. Jesus disciples were filling both sorrowful and fearful at the same time and also uncertainty why their Messiah King was crucified and left them on their own.

However, when Pentecost Day came, everything suddenly changed.

The power of the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and their eyes were opened and they understood why Jesus had to die on the cross so that the whole world be restored to the original purpose God had created mankind. From a state of hopelessness they became fearless and passionate disciples of the risen Christ. They became an unstoppable force for the cause of Christ. No amount of persecution or hardship could stand in their way.

Power of Devotion

At the upper room on Pentecost Day when 120 disciples gathered to pray a transformation had taken place. As I read the account of the early church the word devotion stood out. When we are devoted to something we put our heart and soul into it, we pursue it with passion. The disciples devoted themselves to fellowship, prayer and teaching. As a result the Lord added to their numbers daily and accompanied that with signs and wonders. None of this would be possible without devotion for the cause.

Why do we do church?

Church is a community of people inspired, equipped and empowered by the Word of God through the living Holy Spirit for worship expressed through good works.

Every Christian is a transmitter of the Good News, a transforming agent for all near and far.

Therefore doing church goes beyond being entertained like spectators but we ought to become the participants in the acts of God not only on Sunday but 24/7.

The experience of utter devotion to the cause by early Church is just as relevant today as it was then.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Eph 3:20-21

Our Response

Let us first allow the Lord to touch our hearts with His love and compassion. After that we can express the same love and compassion for others. He will enable us to do far more exceedingly and abundantly than we could ever imagine.

The Lord is asking, ‘My son, my daughter, where are you today?

Perhaps you are hiding because of sin and the fear of condemnation.

Perhaps you are hiding in shame because of the past mistakes and wrongs.

Perhaps you are feeling hurt, discouraged and even burnout.

Have you hardened your heart and walked away from God?

And possibly you may be quite contented with living and to mind your own business thinking that you can do without the hassle and bustle that devotion to a cause may bring.

Whatever the reasons, I hear the Lord says, “Today, if you hear my voice, do not harden your hearts in rebellion.”

Let there be no hesitation in our heart today!

Jesus is waiting for us to come forward and say, ‘Here I am Lord’. Pray with me, “Lord, I have sinned against heaven and before you, please forgive me.

Be my Savior and my Lord that I may live this life anew with You. Amen.”.

A Yielded Life

By Pastor Teresa Tay

yield_ahead_05aAbraham’s is one of the greatest stories of the Scripture. It is without doubt Abraham was a man who lived a life totally devoted and yielded to God.

God tested Abraham

Genesis 22:1-2 | – Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’. ‘Here I am,’ he replied. Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’

An Act of Absolute Obedience

v 3 | – Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 

I can imagine how agonizing this must be for Abraham. He and Sarah had waited 25 years for the promised son Isaac. God had promised Abraham that he would make him a great nation through Isaac. So what about the promise? Has God changed His mind? Yet, we are told in the bible, Abraham got up early the next morning. This means Abraham did not seem to have any hesitation or procrastination to obey God’s command. God has spoken and he decided he would obey.

Declarations of Ultimate Faith and Trust

v 4 – 5 | – On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’

v 7 – 8 | – Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son?’ Abraham replied. ‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son.’

These are astounding declarations of trust and faith in God. In spite of the difficult task ahead of Him, Abraham stood firm in his faith. He believed that he would return with Isaac to the waiting servants and somehow God will provide a solution.

From the two statements of Abraham we can see he has an unshakable faith. I believe his strong faith is based on two things:

A) God’s Promise

God has promised Abraham that his offspring will be like the dusts of the earth through Isaac. Though God’s command was difficult to understand, Abraham wholeheartedly believed that God has not changed his mind, his promise still stand. He must have reasoned that God could raise him up (as stated in Heb 11). Thus as he approached Moriah, he was counting on the faithfulness of God to deliver what He has promised.

B) God’s Provision

Abraham told Isaac ‘God will Provide’. Abraham’s obedience was grounded in the belief that God is able and He will provide and that things would turn out for good in the end.

Hudson Taylor used to say ‘God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.’
I believe this is Abraham’s faith. He heard the call of the Lord, He followed God’s order and he knew God would not let him down.

I believe obedience to God helps us to learn and grow in God more than any other way. Each time we obey, we are experience the deeper things of God, we will see more and more God’s power working in our lives and we see God’s sovereignty being manifested in our lives.

Obedience Releases The Power of God

v 9 – 12 | – when they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his on. But an angel of the lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ And God provided a ram as a burnt offering instead. 

v 15 | – The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, ‘I swear by myself, declares the Lord that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’

Though Abraham had seen and experienced God in marvelous ways before, but this day he had a new encounter with God. He saw how solid God’s love is and so how reliable He is to keep His promise. His yielded life to God released the power of God upon him and the generations to come. What an honor that God would swear by His own name declaring His blessings on Abraham.

I believe Abraham has such strong faith in God because he fully understood the nature and character of God. He learned that not only is God an all-powerful God, but He is also a God that is all loving. I believe Abraham has such a knowledge of the immensity of God’s love that he believed God would never want to cause him harm but would always have his best interests at heart.

God has blessed Abraham tremendously.

But Abraham outstanding display of obedience shows that he’s not the man who loves God because he is blessed. He shows his love for God even in his hardest moment.

If we only love and worship God because of what he can give to us, then our relationship with Him can be viewed as nothing more than an investment proposition. We cannot really call that love. The real test of our love for Him is that, will we still be faithful when there’s no blessing, when there is pain and difficulty? This was the test for Abraham. Genesis 22 tells us Abraham passed the test. He loved and obeyed God not just when there was blessing, but even when there was pain and difficulty.

What God wants of us, is that we love him above all else no matter what.

This is His first commandment to us. The problem is that sometimes we seem to love the gifts more than the giver of the gifts or we seem to love the work of the Lord more than the Lord of the work.

Sometime ago I was away for 3 weeks, ministering in different places. In those 3 weeks, I averaged about 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Every day we had a very heavy program. Though the schedule was intense, I loved every minute of it. We saw God working miracles and people set free from depression and bondages. Due to the busy schedule, I didn’t have much time to pray as I normally would.

Zeal alone is not enough

One night I was lying in bed thinking of the wonderful day we have had and I said: Lord there is so much work that needs to be done, so many souls to be saved. Use me Lord to bring salvation. The Holy Spirit said to me: Always remember this, my first and foremost call for my people is not to save souls. That really shocked me. So I said, ‘Lord, isn’t this what you came to do, to die for all man?’ The Holy Spirit continued to say, ‘My first and foremost call to my people is to live a life that gives me pleasure, to worship me, to pray and seek my face. Out of that all these things will be added.’

I am ever more convinced that zeal alone is not enough to do the work of the Lord. Zeal, unaccompanied by God’s presence in our lives will only lead us to disappointments and frustrations. Zeal alone can become such a driving force in our lives that it can drive us to achieve goals and successes that may not be of God. We can be so consumed with the task that we may fail to see the progressive deterioration of our soul. Moses recognized the need to have God’s presence with Him when He was asked to deliver Israel from Egypt. He knew without God he would not succeed.

Prayer brings on the Presence of God

If the enemy can take us from our time of prayer with God, he will succeed in blocking the power of God from accompanying our work. We need God’s presence with us to give us the strength to fight the battle of the flesh, it gives us the ability to carry out His plans and purposes. The presence of the Lord empowers us, it makes us unshakable, unmovable. When we have such a strong foundation in Him, we will truly see and experience the greatness of God in all we do.

Without God Men Labour in Vain

In Genesis 11, we read the story of the Tower of Babel, where the people decided to build a tower with the aim to create a great name for themselves.

Gen 11: 4 | – Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.

But the end of that story is chaos, confusion and the people were scattered.

Interestingly, in the next chapter, God said to Abraham, ‘I will make your name great.’ (Gen 12:2). Abraham’s name by itself means nothing. But Abraham’s name attached to God’s Name made his name great. He became known as Abraham the friend of God; Abraham the father of faith, Abraham the patriarch and father of nations. God was the one that made Him great because Abraham has yielded himself totally to God, he was found a trustworthy servant.

God the Builder and Architect

Hebrews 11: 9 | – By faith Abraham made his home in the promised land lie a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

God was the architect and builder in all things that Abraham did. He built his foundation in God alone.

Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb of God

After Abraham and his son had sacrificed the lamb that God provided:

Gen 22: 14 – so Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide.

He did not build a memoriam to remember what God has done by calling it “God provided”.

No, he called it, “God WILL provide”.

In doing so, Abraham was prophesying about God’s Only Son, Jesus, to come and offer Himself as a living sacrifice for all man. In sending His only Son to die on Calvary’s cross, God gave us the finest picture of His love for mankind.

May we give Jesus what is due to Him by yielding to Him as an act of thanksgiving, act of worship and sacrifice unto Him. Let us choose to walk in humility, have faith and obey Him no matter what. We will have the God encounter moments was we walk in submission to Him.

Great shall be our reward.

Freedom from Unforgiveness

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All through life, none of us can be spared from being hurt by others.

We encounter abuse, rejection, ridicule and pain.

From time to time, whether it is family members, colleagues and friends, or even strangers, people will inevitably get on our nerves.

Sadly, even our most beloved and trusted friends or family members will upset us. I find the devil will often use people who are closest to us to hurt us because when we are hurt by those dear to our hearts, the pain goes deeper.

Bibliographic information

Cost $15.00 AUD
Title Freedom from Unforgiveness
Freedom Series
Authors Teresa TayHope to the Nations
Contributor Hope to the Nations
Edition illustrated
Publisher [Welshpool], W.A. : Hope to the Nations Publications, 2009.
ISBN 0980610303, 9780980610307
Length 70 pages
Subjects

 

Freedom
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Chapter 1

If the pain inflicted upon us is not dealt with, it affects our personality, thus spilling over into our thought life and actions. An unforgiving heart is a resentful, bitter and angry heart. Such a heart gives rise to ‘bitter words and actions’ like hatred, manipulation, vengeance, argumentative behaviour, frustration and pride. These are poisons that have developed in us out of unforgiveness. Where there is bitterness and unforgiveness, there is no room for Godliness to flow in our hearts as it chokes out every Godly trait in us. In addition to self-destruction, our relationships with people are impaired because no one likes to be around bitter, angry people.

People with unforgiving hearts have a tendency to get angry with God. Often we hear people say, ‘God doesn’t really love me. Or else how could a loving God allow this kind of thing to happen? If He really loves me, He would have stopped this from happening to me.’ We have a tendency to blame God and demand for justice from Him.

As you read this booklet, perhaps you have been betrayed by someone or you have been unfairly treated. Perhaps you have been a victim of circumstance that was beyond your control. Perhaps you have been accused of something when you were innocent. Whatever the reason, the bible has just one command, forgive. God knows the danger that unforgiveness can do to us and He is asking us to forgive so that we will continue to walk in His plans and purposes for our lives.

Related:

A Window into the Ministry of TERESA TAY {here}

Reaching Out to the Father

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Bibliographic information

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Cost $15.00 AUD
Title Reaching Out to the Father
Author Teresa Tay
Editor Timothy Tay
Edition illustrated
Publisher Trinix Business Machines Pty, Limited, Dec 2004
ISBN 0646433687, 9780646433684
Length 117 pages
Subjects Religion
Christianity
General

 

Reaching Out

“Reaching Out To The Father” book is also available in Bahasa Indonesia.

Related:

A Window into the Ministry of TERESA TAY {here}